Credit: This video is a part of Animated Atmosphere, a suite of short videos produced by the UCAR Center for Science Education with FableVision Studios.

Did you know that a strong hurricane isn’t necessarily large in size? Hurricanes are called strong when they have high winds. The Saffir Simpson categories of hurricanes are based only on wind speeds. But there is more to hurricanes than wind speeds. There are other ways to describe hurricanes - for example, by the amount of rain and flooding they cause. When there is a hurricane or tropical storm heading towards the coast, get to know all about it to learn what hazards it could cause.